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For one reason or another, we as human beings seem to be fascinated by celebrity deaths. Every year we mourn the loss of famous people who pass away, and 2003 was no exception. Americans grieved as beloved TV icon John Ritter passed away from a fatal aortic dissection. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2003, ordered by how well-known they were.

All walks of famous people are on this list, including actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and more.Although the rich and famous are just like the rest of us, it's alarming how many of them have their lives cut short because of drug overdoses or other accidents. Still others live out many long years only to succumb to diseases like cancer late in life.

Which celebrities died in 2003? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Pneumonia
Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS, was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope ...more

Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Natural causes
Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a ...more

John Ritter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Cardiovascular disease, Aortic dissection
Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter was an American actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. Ritter was best known for playing Jack Tripper on the hit ABC sitcom Three's Company, for ...more

Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Diabetes mellitus
John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more

Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Alzheimer's disease, Pneumonia
Charles Bronson was an American film and television actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, ...more

Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Drug overdose
Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig was an American professional wrestler, manager, and color commentator who performed under his real name for the American Wrestling Association, the World ...more

Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Bronchopneumonia, Pneumonia
Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. One of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s. He had also been ...more

Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda. Eventually, ...more

Buddy Hackett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Diabetes mellitus
Buddy Hackett was an American comedian and actor. His best remembered roles include Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Benjy Benjamin in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Tennessee Steinmetz in ...more

Nell Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes mellitus
Nell Carter was an American singer and actress. She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin', as well as an Emmy Award for her reprisal of the role on ...more

Suzy Parker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Suzy Parker was an American model and actress active from 1947 into the early 1960s. Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s, when she appeared on the cover of dozens of ...more

Jinx Falkenburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Eugenia Lincoln "Jinx" Falkenburg was an actress, expert swimmer and tennis star, and one of the highest-paid and most ubiquitous cover-girl models in the United States during the ...more

Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Natural causes
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more

Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Natural causes
Arthur William Matthew “Art” Carney was an American actor in film, stage, television and radio. He is best known for playing Ed Norton, opposite Jackie Gleason's Ralph Kramden in the situation ...more

Stu Hart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Arthritis, Diabetes mellitus, Stroke
Stewart Edward "Stu" Hart, CM was a Canadian amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, promoter and trainer. Hart founded Stampede Wrestling, a promotion based in Calgary, Alberta and ...more

Donald O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction
Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor was an American dancer, singer, and actor who came to fame in a series of movies in which he co-starred alternately with Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, and Francis ...more

Robert Stack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Myocardial infarction
Robert Stack was an American actor and television host. In addition to acting in more than 40 feature films, he starred in the 1959–63 ABC-TV hit television series The Untouchables, for which he ...more

Jeanne Crain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Myocardial infarction
Jeanne Elizabeth Crain was an American actress whose career spanned from 1943 to 1975. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in the 1949 film Pinky, in which she played the ...more

Strom Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
James Strom Thurmond was an American politician who served for 48 years as a United States Senator from South Carolina. He ran for president in 1948 as the States Rights Democratic Party ...more

Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Cancer, Breast cancer
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, ...more

Jonathan Brandis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Suicide by hanging, Suicide, Hanging
Jonathan Gregory Brandis was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. Beginning his career as a child model, Brandis moved on to acting in commercials and subsequently won television and ...more

Michael Jeter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
AIDS, Asphyxia, Seizure
Michael Jeter was an American actor of film, stage, and television. His notable television roles are as Herman Stiles on Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and for playing Mr. Noodle's brother ...more

Lana Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Murder, Gunshot
Lana Jean Clarkson was an American actress and fashion model. During the 1980s, she rose to prominence in several sword-and-sorcery films. In February 2003, Clarkson was fatally shot by ...more

Bill Mauldin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Alzheimer's disease
Bill Maudlin was an illustrator.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2003
Surgical complications
Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American politician and sociologist. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected to the United States Senate for New York in 1976, and was re-elected ...more